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Skippyjon Jones
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S THEATER
PRESENTS
THEATREWORKS USA IN
SKIPPYJON JONES

OCTOBER 19 М¶ 26, 2014 | SIX PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS IN PITTSBURGH!
Pittsburgh, PA М¶   Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones from October 19 М¶ 26, 2014, at six performance locations throughout the area.  Tickets go on sale September 8th at 9:00am.

A popular book brought to life on stage opens our season and we are excited to host this award-winning theater company so that children and families throughout the region can experience live professional performances in their neighborhood, commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children's Programming from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.


Citizens Bank is the 2014-2015 season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.
Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones, based on the book of same title by Judy Schachner, is an enchanting musical for younger audiences that tells a story about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.  Devanand Janki is the director and choreographer for this current tour.  The scenery is designed by Rob Odorisio, with costumes by Tracy Christensen and features a libretto and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila (Drama Desk nominee for ALTAR BOYZ and Theatreworks USA's Click, Clack, Moo!).  Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones was nominated for a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award in the Outstanding Musical category.  This 60-minute musical is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Photo Credit:  Jeremy Daniel
Skippyjon Jones tells the tale of a Siamese cat with big dreams and an even bigger will to be anything but a cat! Holy guacamole, Skippyjon exclaims. My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat I am a CHIHUAHUA! Take an adventurous ride as Skippyjon Jones struggles to find himself and is faced with one of the biggest decision of his life; will he help save his fellow Chihuahua's or will he soon realize that he may be the wimpy little Siamese cat that he's been hiding from.

To view a sample of this stage production, visit: http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1546

Individual tickets ($11 at the door; $9.50 in advance) can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390.

Illustration from Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachter.  ©Theatreworks USA.
Performance Locations

City: Byham Theater | Sunday, October 19 | 2:00 p.m.
Students only matinee | Byham Theater | Monday, October 20 | 10:15 a.m.
East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, October 22 | 7:00 p.m.
North: Marshall Middle School | Thursday, October 23 | 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
West: Moon Area High School | Friday, October 24 | 7:00 p.m.
South: Upper St. Clair High School | Saturday, October 25 | 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School | Sunday, October 26 | 2:00 p.m.

Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA is America's largest not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has engaged and educated over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually.  Theatreworks USA has a reputation providing young audiences with their first theater experiences as well as providing young actors, writers, directors, and designers with experience and training within this field.

Read more about Theatreworks USA
Page to Stage: Turning Children's Books into Theater Productions, By Raven Snook | Publisher's Weekly, April 5, 2013

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/56695-page-to-stage-turning-children-s-books-into-theater-productions.html

Pittsburgh International Children's Theater
Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.  The Family Series, now in its 45th season, introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up.

The 2014 М¶ 2015 Pittsburgh International Children's Theater series also includes:
Skink | November 16 М¶ 22, 2014 | Six locations
Big Nate (Season Special) | November 23 М¶ 24, 2014 | Byham Theater only
Click, Clack, Moo!  | January 11 М¶ 18, 2015 | Six locations
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse   | February 22 М¶ March 1, 2015 | Six locations
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley | April 4 М¶ 10, 2015 | Byham Theater only
In addition to the Family Series, the Children's Theater division presents the annual Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation.  Now in its 29th year, the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival will take place May 13 М¶ 17, 2015.  For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/kids.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org
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Attached is a picture of actor Eugene Lee.
Contact Margie Romero, Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater
412.316.8200 ext. 707 or mromero@ppt.org

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
How I Learned What I Learned
August Wilson's one-man play about coming of age in Pittsburgh.  Co-conceived and directed by Todd Kreidler. Starring Eugene Lee.
PITTSBURGH (February 13, 2015) Pittsburgh Public Theater's 


40th anniversary Season of Legends continues with the Pittsburgh premiere of How I Learned What I Learned, the final play by August WilsonHow I Learned was co-conceived and will be directed byTodd Kreidler, a Duquesne
University graduate, former Pittsburgh Public Theater staff member, and author of the recent Broadway musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me. How I Learned What I Learned runs March 5  April 5, 2015 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.


Eugene Lee plays August Wilson
Mr. Wilson performed his one-man show at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2003. The New York premiere was produced by Signature Theatre in New York City in 2013. Starring in The Public's production will be Eugene Lee, a stage, film and television actor, writer, and artist in residence at Texas State University. Last year he performed the role at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, GA.


How I Learned begins in Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1965 when Mr. Wilson was 20 years old. He tells of dropping out of school at age 15 to write poetry, and how he supported himself by cutting grass and working at Klein's and Kroger's. He talks about the neighborhood and its people, and how he was inspired by what they saw in him. He dishes about his girlfriend, Snookie, and how he almost fought a duel in her honor at Downtown's Oyster House. From the Christmas pageant in Sister Mary Eldephonse's seventh grade class to hearing John Coltrane at the Crawford Grill in 1966, Mr. Wilson reveals his outrage and passion. Sometimes shockingly provocative and often hilariously funny, How I Learned is an amazingly generous portrait of this uncompromising artist as a young man.
The designers for How I Learned What I Learned are David Gallo (Scenery and Projections), Constanza Romero (Costumes), Thom Weaver (Lighting), and Dan Moses Schreier (Sound). Fred Noel is the Production Stage 
Manager.

graphic from AugustWilson.net

About the Playwright
August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945 in Pittsburgh's Hill District and was raised there. He went on to become one of the world's most acclaimed playwrights. His most visionary work, known as the American Century Cycle, comprises 10 plays about the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century. Since all but one of the plays are set in his hometown, they are also known as the Pittsburgh Cycle. The play are: Gem of the OceanJoe Turner's Come and GoneMa Rainey's Black BottomThe Piano LessonSeven GuitarsFencesTwo Trains RunningJitneyKing Hedley II, and Radio Golf. He received numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes and a Tony. He was also given the only high school diploma ever issued by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. At the time of his death in 2005, Mr. Wilson lived in Seattle, WA. Later that year the Broadway venue located at 245 West 52nd Street was renamed The August Wilson Theatre.
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
How I Learned What I Learned
March 5 April 5, 2015
Performance Schedule
Tues. at 7 pm.
Wed. thru Sat. at 8 pm (except March 18).
Sat. at 2 pm (except March 7 & 14). Also 2 pm on Thurs., April 2.
Sun. at 2 & 7 pm (expect April 5 when the final performance is at 2 pm).
Press Night is Thursday, March 12. Opening Night is Friday, March 13.
Ticket prices: $23 - $62. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.
Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Katie Conaway at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or kconaway at ppt.org.
For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 13, 2015   
Media Contacts:PNC Broadway Across America PittsburghShow Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANOUNCES
TICKETS FOR THE PITTSBURGH PREMIERE OF
DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
Samuel Pergande (Johnny), Joshua Keith and Doug Carpenter (Billy) in the North American tour of DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

BENEDUM CENTER ENGAGEMENT RUNS APRIL 7 12, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that individual tickets for the Pittsburgh premiere of Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage are on sale today.  The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, downtown Pittsburgh.  Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage will run April 7-12, 2015.  This production is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America. 
Tickets are available at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, or by calling (412) 456-4800.  Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling (412) 471-6930.  The performance schedule is Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over, said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical, I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was the theatre audiences watching live bodies dancing here and now in the present on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman's. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more Baby and Johnny scenes, more about the family, more songs I couldn't afford last time, and, most exciting of all more dancing.


Dirty Dancing is one of our most beloved and timeless properties, said Lionsgate Television COO Sandra Stern. Its magic has enchanted audiences on film, television, DVD and digital platforms alike, and it remains a perennial best-seller in our film and television library. We're delighted to participate in the latest stage incarnation that will introduce Dirty Dancing to a whole new generation of fans, and we expect the stage play to prove yet again that nobody


Samuel Pergande (Johnny) and Jenny Winton (Penny) in the North American tour of DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. (Photo by Matthew Murphy) - See more at: http://us.dirtydancingontour.com/gallery/1644/#sthash.FEwbajy4.dpuf



puts Baby in a corner.
The production's book is written by Eleanor Bergstein and the North American tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion
Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I've Had) The Time Of My Life. London's Sunday Express says This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!
It's the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ˜Baby' Houseman is on vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort's staff quarters, Baby can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort's sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby's life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny's leading lady, both on-stage and off.
Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage began as an eight-week staged workshop in Manhattan in the fall of 2001. It was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia in November 2004 before embarking upon a hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 where it broke records for achieving the highest advance in European history.
The production began performances on London's West End in October 2006 with an £11 million advance and went on to become the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre. It closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year UK national tour and then returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The show has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, it has been represented by a new UK tour (which launched March 2014 in Bristol), a German tour (which launched April 2014 in Berlin) and an Italian production (which launched October 2014 in Milan). The show returned to Australia with a new tour that premiered in late 2014 in honor of the stage production's 10th anniversary.
The North American tour of Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC, Grove Entertainment and Col Joye in association with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and Magic Hour Productions.

Jillian Mueller (Baby) and Doug Carpenter (Billy) in the North American tour of DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. (Photo by Matthew Murphy) - See more at: http://us.dirtydancingontour.com/gallery/1644/#sthash.FEwbajy4.dpuf

CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
Eleanor Bergstein (Book) is a novelist, screenwriter, producer and director. Her stories have been published in national magazines, ranging from Transatlantic Review to Redbook and Cosmopolitan. Her first novel, Advancing Paul Newman, about women and politics in the 1960s, was published by the Viking Press, and her first movie script was It's My Turn, starring Jill Clayburgh and Michael Douglas. Her second novel, Ex-Lover, about sexual obsession, was published by Random House. She has worked on a variety of film projects, including the final script revision of Sister Act. She then wrote and directed Let It Be Me, which starred Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Leslie Caron and Patrick Stewart. Her most famous project was one of the most successful independent films of all time, Dirty Dancing. It was the unique continuing response to the story over the years that made her decide to reimagine Dirty Dancing as a stage event. The multiple viewings by audiences all over the world made her suspect that what the audiences really wanted was to be more physically involved in the story. This would mean that its ultimate form should be one that combined dance and story and music onstage in a new way. It was also her chance to add new scenes not in the movie, as well as songs she had wanted for the movie and been unable to obtain. Ms. Bergstein, through her company Magic Hour Productions, is at work on a new stage musical set in London in the late 1960s, a new work of fiction, and preparing a film to be shot in Rome as well as film to be shot in Slovenia.


James Powell (Director) was an actor for 12 years and was appearing in Les MisГ©rables at London's Palace Theatre, when he was asked to take over the position of resident director in 1996. Since that time he has worked on a variety of productions and during that time he was staff director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisting Jude Kelly on a number of projects including the Olivier Award-winning Singin' in the Rain, which transferred from Leeds to the Royal National Theatre in London. On returning to London he joined Cameron Mackintosh's production of The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as resident director. He then went to Melbourne, Australia, to direct its first foreign production for Jacobsen Entertainments. James returned from Australia to take on the position of associate director on Les MisГ©rables and oversaw the show's move from its home of many years, the Palace Theatre, to the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Ave. He was also invited to direct a concert version of the show in Scandinavia and a full-scale production in Berlin. 2009 saw James working on Cameron's brand new production of Les MisГ©rables which opened in Cardiff and toured the UK and which celebrates the 25th anniversary of a show he was involved in originally as an actor and is now part of a new creative team. Whilst maintaining his position as associate director on Les MisГ©rables, James also worked on Cameron's new presentationMary Poppins, originally in Bristol and then in London's West End and on Broadway. In June 2008 he directed the UK tour of Mary Poppins and has since directed the production in Holland and been the associate of the Broadway production. James was delighted to renew his association with the Jacobsen Entertainment Group when they asked him to direct their production of Dirty Dancing in London's West End, a partnership that has seen him direct the show in Toronto, Utrecht, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Berlin. In 2010, James directed the Australian production of Mary Poppins where it opened to great success in Melbourne. He has also co-directed Les MisГ©rables in London, at the Barbican, a tour in the UK, a production in Madrid and on tour in the United States, culminating in the25th Anniversary concert ofLes MisГ©rables at the O2 Arena. In 2011, James worked on moving Mary Poppins to Sydney and later in the year he co-directed the international arena tour of Batman which opened in Manchester and moved to London and onward internationally. Over the last two years, James has worked on Les MisГ©rables in Spain, the US, Australia and Japan. He recently returned from Toronto and this production of Les MisГ©rablesbefore he directed a production of Half a Sixpence at his old alma mater at Mountview Drama School in London.


Michele Lynch (Choreography) is thrilled to be a part of Dirty Dancing. She recently choreographed Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre as well as The Last Five Years film. Choreography Broadway credits include Everyday RaptureThe Coast of UtopiaHairspray (assoc. choreo), The Full Monty (asst. choreo), and Urinetown (asst. choreo). She choreographed the national tours of Little House on the Prairie (also at Papermill Playhouse) and Happy Days the Musial (also at Goodspeed, receiving a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for her work). Off-Broadway she choreographed Everyday Rapture and We the People (Joe A. Calloway Award nomination). Other film credits include Joyful Noise (starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah) and Camp. For opera, her production of Showboat was seen at Chicago Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Regional Theaters include Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theater, Riverside Theater, St. Louis MUNY, Capital Repertory Theater, Asolo Theater, Ford's Theater, Stamford Center for the Arts, North Carolina Theater, and Starlight Theater. She also choreographed Dolly Parton's Better Day World Tour.

Kate Champion (Original Choreography) is the Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney based dance-theatre company Force Majeure. She has also worked variously as a director/choreographer/performer for Sydney Theatre Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, NIDA and The
Kate Champion
via http://us.dirtydancingontour.com/creative/kate-champion/
English National Opera. In 1996, Kate was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for Choreographic Excellenceenabling her to create her first solo work Face Value which was awarded a Green Room and a MO Award. In 1997 she directed Under the Influence for Legs on the Wall, which premiered in Sydney and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe and Riverside Studios, London. In 2001 she created a new solo show About Face and in 2002 directed Same, Same But Different for Force Majeure. Both these productions won Helpmann Awards. Kate choreographed the world premiere of the stage version of Dirty Dancing, which opened in Sydney November 2004 and has subsequently toured to Europe, UK and USA. Since 2005 Kate has directed Already Elsewhere, Tenebrae 1 and 11, The Age I'm In, Not In A Million Years, Never Did Me Any Harm (a co-production with Sydney Theatre CompanyandFood (aco-production with Belvoirfor Force Majeure. In 2010 Kate choreographed the premier production of Opera Australia's Bliss which subsequently toured to the Edinburgh Festival and Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company. Kate was Associate Director of Opera Australia's 2013 production of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

PRODUCER BIOS
Amber Jacobsen worked for Jacobsen Entertainment as the head of touring and executive producer from 1997 to 2009 in Australia. She was responsible for the research, procurement and presentation of many concerts for artists including Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, Shania Twain, Pearl Jam and Usher as well as being executive producer for theatre and arena productions such asFame The MusicalSHOUT!The Man From Snowy River and Long Way to the Top. Amber was the executive producer for the first production of Dirty Dancing in Australia and has executive produced and subsequently produced all productions thereafter.
NETworks Presentations LLC, founded in 1995, has continued to grow and expand to become one of the largest producing organizations of touring Broadway musicals in North America and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences around the world. Its extensive and diverse list of touring productions include: Cameron Mackintosh's The 25th Anniversary Production of Les MisГ©rables and the spectacular new production of The Phantom of the Opera; The National Theatre of Great Britain's production of War Horse; Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You; Disney's Beauty and the BeastBlue Man Group national tour; The Lincoln Center Theater productions of The Light in the Piazza and Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, as well as Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, Seussical, AnnieLa Cage Aux Folles, RentThe Producers, Hairspray, Spring AwakeningSweeney ToddBilly Elliot the Musical, Elf the Musical, Dirty Dancing and many others.
Grove Entertainment.Helmed by producer Beth Williams, Grove Entertainment is a production company dedicated to developing new work for stage and screen. Ms. Williams helped launch Key Brand Entertainment in the United States and was the COO, Head of Production and CEO Theater Division for Broadway Across America for six years. Broadway productions include Pippin, Big Fish, Million Dollar Quartet, Hands on a Hardbody, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,  Promises, Promises, Grey Gardens, The Producers The New Mel Brooks Musical and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting, Bull Durham and The Blonde Streak.
Col Joye has had No. 1 hits, recorded 15 Top 10 albums and was the first inductee into the Australian Hall of Fame (ARIA). He has numerous platinum and gold albums and hundreds of awards and toured extensively throughout Australia. Col was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to music and charity on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. Col was chosen to run with the Olympic Torch for the Sydney Olympics' and recently received his own postage stamp. Col has been a producer of every production of Dirty Dancing worldwide.

Magic Hour Productions was founded by Eleanor Bergstein in 1994 to develop and produce works by herself and others for print, film, and stage. Magic Hour Productions has been involved in the development and production of the stage musical of Dirty Dancing since its inception, including the first staged workshop in New York in 2001. Currently, Magic Hour Productions is working to bring Dirty Dancing to new territories around the world, including Greece and Japan. In addition to Dirty Dancing, Magic Hour Productions is developing a new musical by Ms. Bergstein set in late 1960s London, a film to be shot in Rome, and a romantic comedy film to be shot in Slovenia. Magic Hour's team includes Tomoko Minami, who has worked with Ms. Bergstein since 2001, and Robin Nahas. The company is based in New York City.

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 34 television shows on 22 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed series Orange is the New Black. Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, Now You See MeKevin Hart: Let Me ExplainWarm BodiesThe Expendables 2The PossessionSinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S. Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
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Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America
 is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets.  As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre.  Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Bullets Over Broadway, Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises and The Producers.  Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  
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PITTSBURGH'S ITALIAN AMERICANS FEATURED
IN NEW AND ARCHIVED WEBISODES AT WQED.ORG/ITALIANAMERICANS

PBS Series The Italian Americans to Broadcast February 17 & 24 at 9 p.m. on WQED-TV
PITTSBURGH In advance of the PBS series premiere of THE ITALIAN AMERICANS, five new vignettes about area Italian Americans and their culture have been produced by WQED and can be accessed at wqed.org/italianamericans in the days leading up to the PBS premiere.
These stories include features on:
· The Italian Nationality Room*
· The Spigno Saturnia Italo-American Society
· Enrico Biscotti Company*
· The Shoemakers
· La Scuola d'Italia Galileo Galilei*
Along with the new vignettes, 10 previously-broadcast features and documentaries about local Italians from the WQED archives are now available at wqed.org/italianamericans.
To view the full release click here.
For questions or to schedule an interview, please contact George Hazimanolis at 412-622-1366 or ghazimanolis@wqed.org. Please note the stories referenced above with an asterisk still need to be uploaded.  

"Actor Marlon Brando with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola on the set of The Godfather."


WQED's co-production with American Masters "August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand" premieres nationally on WQED and on PBS stations around the country on Friday, February 20 at 9pm.

About the film: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/august-wilson-the-ground-on-which-i-stand/about-the-film/3610/

About the August Wilson Education Project: http://www.wqed.org/augustwilson/home





WQED's co-production with American Masters "August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand" premieres nationally on WQED and on PBS stations around the country on Friday, February 20 at 9pm.

About the film: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/august-wilson-the-ground-on-which-i-stand/about-the-film/3610/

About the August Wilson Education Project: http://www.wqed.org/augustwilson/home

 

 

Publish Date: 02-10-2015 10:17:00
 





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Celtic Woman Celebrates 10th Anniversary World Tour

Named Billboard Magazine's #1 World Albums Artist Six Times

Pittsburgh - Benedum Center March 10

New York, NY February 3, 2015 -- Irish music sensation Celtic Woman returns to North America in 2015 for a concert tour celebrating the group's 10th anniversary. The 10th Anniversary World Tour offers a one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating a decade of timeless music and dance from the Emerald Isles.  The tour recently kicked off in Dublin, Ireland, and will travel across Europe, the US, Australia and United Kingdom. The North American leg launches in Syracuse, NY on March 6, 2015, and will visit more than 80 cities through the end of June.  

Celtic Woman performs in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, March 10 at 7pm at the Benedum Center. Tickets, starting at $44.25 (plus applicable fees), are available by calling 412-456-6666 and in person at the box office at Theater Square. For more information, please visitTrustarts.org

Over the past decade, Celtic Woman has emerged as an international touring powerhouse, attracting such critical raves as guaranteed standing ovation!, captivating!, magnificently performed!, breathlessly dramatic! and inspirational! The group has performed for over three million fans, selling out prestigious concert halls and performing arts venues around the world.



The multi-platinum all-female ensemble is thrilled to celebrate its incredible decade-long journey in America, where the group has performed its fresh fusion of Irish musical tradition in 48 states.

 Celtic Woman has toured around the world for ten years, but America remains true to our heart, says violinist MГ¡irГ©ad Nesbitt.  Our first American concert was in Cleveland in 2005 the home of rock n' roll. We are all really looking forward to celebrating with all our fans back in America. Even after ten years, it's still an inspiration to look out into the audience each night and see fans of all ages, from 3 to 93. It's going to really be an amazing show.

The 10th Anniversary World Tour showcases three world-class vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist, whose talent and charisma bring centuries of musical and cultural tradition to vibrant life.  The performances honor Celtic Woman's musical history while looking towards the future, with glamorous new dresses, breathtaking choreography and state-of-the-art stage production. The tour features a career-spanning set encompassing such Irish classics as Danny Boy, and Mo Ghile Mhear, alongside contemporary compositions like Scarborough Fair and You Raise Me Up. The 15-member ensemble also includes Irish dancers, the Aontas Choir, and a full band playing an array of traditional Celtic instruments including bodhran, hand crafted tin whistle, bouzouki, bagpipes and Uilleann pipes.

In conjunction with the tour's North American leg, PBS will broadcast a television special highlighting Celtic Woman's spectacular moments over the past decade.  A companion CD, Fan Favorites, will also be offered exclusively through PBS stations as part of its spring pledge drive.

Celtic Woman made its television debut in 2005 with a sold-out performance at The Helix in Dublin,which was filmed and broadcast in the United States on PBS.  Although initially intended as a one-time-only event, the concert was so warmly received by the public that the group immediately followed with a debut concert tour in the United States. Since then, Celtic Woman's uplifting music has touched the hearts of a devoted audience in North America, while expanding its reach across the globe to six continents and 23 countries.



Celtic Woman's massive success encompasses albums, live concerts and television.  Their eight PBS specials have ranked among the network's most-watched music programs.  Since 2005, the group has sold more than eight million copies of its nine CDs and eight DVDs, making it the only all-female act to achieve multi-platinum success in both the classical crossover and world music genres during the past decade.  Each of its nine CDs - the most recent being 2013's Emerald Musical Gems - has debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Album chart, where the group has occupied the top slot for a record-breaking 112 consecutive weeks.  Having been named Billboardmagazine's World Albums Artist of the Year six times, Celtic Woman has also scored two Top 10 debuts on Billboard's main album chart and five Top Five DVDs on Billboard's Top Video chart, as well as achieving platinum-level sales in nine different countries.  The group has also performed for three U.S. presidents and made high-profile appearances on the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful and Dancing with the Stars.


10th Anniversary World Tour - 2015

EUROPE
1/24 Dublin, IRE                     3Arena
1/25 Belfast, UK                     Odyssey Arena
2/3 Dusseldorf, GE                 Mitsubishi Electric Halle
2/4 Amsterdam, NL                RAI Congress Centre
2/7 Vienna, AUS                     Stadthalle D
2/9 Nuremberg, DE                 Meistersingerhalle
2/10 Stuttgart, DE                   Liederhalle
2/12 Hanover, DE                   Swiss Life Hall
2/13 Frankfurt, DE                 Alte Oper
2/15 Antwerp, BE                  Stadsschouwburg
2/16 Hamberg, DE                  CCH Saal1
2/17 Bielefeld, DE                   Stadthalle D
2/19 Geneva, CH                    Arena Geneva
2/20 Zurich, CH                      Hallenstadion
2/22 Aalborg, DK                  Aalborg Kongress Kulture Center

NORTH AMERICA
3/6 Syracuse, NY                 Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
3/7-3/8  Lancaster, PA        American Music Theater
3/10 Pittsburgh, PA             Benedum Center


3/12 Erie, PA                         Warner Theatre
3/13 Cleveland, OH             State Theatre
3/14 Wilkes Barre, PA         F.M. Kirby Center
3/15 Indiana, PA                  Kovalchick Convention Complex
3/17 Manchester, NH          Verizon Wireless Arena
3/18 Newark, NJ                  NJPAC
3/20 Greenvale, NY             Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
3/21 Wallingford, CT           Toyota Oakdale Theatre
3/22 Providence, RI             PPAC
3/24 Hamilton, ON                          Hamilton Place
3/25 London, ON                 Budweiser Gardens
3/26 Montreal QUE              Theatre St. Denis
3/28 Portland, ME                Merrill Auditorium - 2 shows
3/29 West Point, NY            Eisenhower Hall Theatre
3/31 Baltimore, MD                         Lyric Opera House
4/1 Norfolk, VA                      Chrysler Hall
4/2 Richmond, VA                Altria Theater
4/3 Durham, NC                  Durham Performing Arts Center
4/4 Charlotte, NC                 Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts
4/8 Fayetteville, NC             Crown Center Theater
4/9 Chattanooga, TN          Memorial Auditorium
4/10 Dothan, AL                   Dothan Civic Center
4/11 Columbus, GA            RiverCenter for the Performing Arts
4/12 Huntsville, AL              Van Braun Center  2 shows
4/14 Pensacola, FL                         Saenger Theatre
4/16 Panama City, FL         Marina Civic Center
4/17 Jacksonville, FL          Times Union PAC
4/18 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center  2 shows
4/19 Ft. Myers, FL                Barbara B. Mann Hall
4/22  Miami, FL                    Arsht Center
4/23  Melbourne, FL            Maxwell King Center
4/24 Sarasota, FL                Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/25 Tampa, FL                   Straz Center
4/26 Tallahassee, FL         Donald Tucker Civic Center
4/28 Memphis, TN               Orpheum Theatre 2 shows
4/30 Nashville, TN               Tennessee Performing Arts Center
5/1 Knoxville, TN                  Civic Center Auditorium
5/2 Atlanta, GA                      Fox Theatre
5/3 Augusta, GA                   Bell Auditorium
5/5 Tupelo, MS                     BancorpSouth Arena
5/7 Biloxi, MS                        Coast Coliseum
5/8 New Orleans, LA           Saenger Theatre
5/9  Houston, TX                  Bayou Music Place
5/10 San Antonio, TX          Majestic Theatre
5/12 Amarillo, TX                 Civic Center Auditorium
5/13-5/14  Austin, TX           Long Center for the Performing Arts
5/16 Grand Prairie, TX        Verizon Theatre
5/17 Midland, TX                  Wagner Noel PAC  2 shows
5/19 Tempe, AZ                   ASU Gammage 
5/20 San Diego, CA            Civic Theatre
5/21 Long Beach, CA          Terrace Theater
5/22 Fresno, CA                   Saroyan Theater
5/27 San Rafael, CA           Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
5/28 San Jose, CA              Center for the Performing Arts
5/29 Stockton, CA                Bob Hope Theatre
5/30 Reno, NV                      Reno Events Center
5/31 Sacramento, CA         Community Center Theatre
6/3 Everett, WA                     Xfinity Arena
6/4 Spokane, WA                 INB Performing Arts Center
6/5 Missoula, MT                 Adams Center Fieldhouse
6/6 Bozeman, MT                 Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
6/7 Great Falls, MT              Mansfield Civic Center 2 shows
6/9 Idaho Falls, ID                Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium
6/10 Salt Lake City, UT       Maverick Center
6/12 Morrison, CO               Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/13 Omaha, NE                  Orpheum Theater
6/14 Lincoln, NE                  Lied Center for Performing Arts
6/16 Rosemont, IL              Rosemont Theatre
6/17 East Lansing, MI         Wharton Center
6/18 Dayton, OH                  Schuster PAC
6/20 Vienna, VA                    Wolf Trap
6/21 Salisbury, MD              Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
6/23 Rochester, NY             Auditorium Theatre
6/24 Schenectady, NY        Proctors
6/26 Philadelphia, PA         Academy of Music
6/27 Worcester, MA             Hanover Theatre
6/28 Lynn, MA                       Lynn Auditorium

AUSTRALIA 
9/11 Gold Coast, AU               Gold Coast Convention Centre
9/12 Brisbane, AU                   Brisbane Convention Centre
9/13 Maryborough, AU            The Brolga Theatre
9/15 Tamworth, AU               Tamworth Entertainment Centre
9/16 Newcastle, AU              Civic Theatre Newcastle
9/18 Sydney, AU                   Qantas Credit Union Arena
9/19 Canberra, AU                Royal Theatre
9/20 Melbourne, AU              Margaret Court Arena
9/22 Adelaide, AU                 Adelaide Entertainment Centre
9/25 Perth, AU                      Perth Arena

UNITED KINGDOM 
11/7 Croydon,UK                        Fairfield Halls
11/8 Ipswich,UK                          Regent Theatre
11/9 Bournemouth,UK                Pavilions
11/11 Gateshead,UK                The Sage
11/12 Edinburgh,UK                Usher Hall
11/13 Glasgow,UK                   Royal Concert Hall
11/14 Harrogate,UK                 International Centre
11/16 Southend,UK                  Cliffs Pavilion
11/17 Leicester,UK                   de Montfort Hall
11/18 Manchester,UK               Bridgewater Hall
11/20 Liverpool ,UK                  Philharmonic
11/21 Birmingham,UK              Symphony Hall
11/22 Nottingham,UK               Royal Concert Hall
11/23 London,UK                      Hammersmith Eventim Apollo


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Publish Date: 02-10-2015 10:14:00
 




Contact:
Debra L. Bell, Director of Marketing and Communications             
Office: (412) 281-0912, ext. 214

Pittsburgh Opera announces its 77th Season


Pittsburgh, PA¦ Pittsburgh Opera announces its 2015-2016 season. The season includes four operas produced at the Benedum Center, and two Resident Artist operas, including the annual production at Pittsburgh CAPA Theater and the new Second Stage Project at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.

PERFORMANCES
Verdi's NABUCCO
Director and set designer Bernard Uzan conceived this visually dazzling production of Verdi's early work, starring Mark Delavan (Rigoletto, 2013) as the troubled monarch Nabucco, and sizzling Hungarian soprano Csilla Boross as his daughter Abigaille. Depicting the story of the Jews in exile in Babylon, Nabucco's epic scale and grandeur (including the famous chorus Va, pensiero ) doesn't eclipse the intimate family story that is at the heart of the opera. Nabucco is a traditional production with the added interest of large, impressive projections. Antony Walker conducts.    
Mozart's COSГŒ FAN TUTTE, or The School for Lovers
Britain's favorite baritone and the real-life Billy Elliot, Sir Thomas Allen, directs this playful lesson in loveand stars as Don Alfonso, who schools two young couples in fidelity.  Former Resident Artists Jennifer Holloway (Don Giovanni, 2012) and Danielle Pastin (Otello, 2014) star as Dorabella and Fiordiligi, with newcomer Hadleigh Adams as Guglielmo. This CosГ¬ fan tutte is set in the Italian seaside, in a charming production from Boston Lyric Opera. Antony Walker conducts.     

Mark Adamo's LITTLE WOMEN
The Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera will star in Pittsburgh Opera's annual production at CAPA Theater: Mark Adamo's 1998 Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott's Civil War-era coming-of-age novel. Adamo's opera has enjoyed frequent performances since its debut, including a 2001 broadcast on PBS Great Performances.  Little Womenis a new production by Pittsburgh Opera.
SECOND STAGE PROJECT: 27
The company's Second Stage Project takes up residence for a third year in the George R. White Studio at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the 2015-16 season. Starring the Resident Artists, the production is inspired by the Studio's flexible performance space and the desire to explore adventurous repertoire. The 2016 Second Stage Project is Ricky Ian Gordon's 27. Named for the address of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas's salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus in Paris, 27 is a snapshot of the women's shared lives and their famous friends, including Picasso, Hemingway, and Matisse, who stop in to visit. 27 is a new production by Pittsburgh Opera.

Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
As do many comedies, The Barber of Seville begins with a fellow who's smitten by a pretty girl. However, not many comedies have that madcap quality that has made it such a popular favorite, given the Hollywood treatment in this zany production. A stellar cast also makes this opera a don't miss, including former Resident Artist Jonathan Beyer (La bohГ¨me, 2009) as Figaro, local favorite Kevin Glavin (La bohГ¨me, 2014) as Bartolo, and debuts by rising stars Emily Fons (Rosina) and Michele Angelini (Almaviva). Antony Walker conducts.

Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS
Concluding the 2015-˜16 mainstage season is the landmark David Hockney production of The Rake's Progress, now owned by Pittsburgh Opera. This fable, based on William Hogarth's famous series of engravings of the same name, bears an impressive pedigree, not only in the Hockney sets and costumes, but in W. H. Auden's libretto and Stravinsky's electrifying score. Star tenor Alek Shrader debuts as Tom Rakewell, alongside Layla Claire (The Magic Flute, 2013) and David Pittsinger (The Capulets and the Montagues, 2006) as Nick Shadow. Antony Walker conducts; Roy Rallo directs.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Pittsburgh Opera's signature fundraiser galas bookend each season: The Diamond Horseshoe Ball ramps up the excitement, and Maecenas puts on the finishing touch. The 61st annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball kicks off the 2015-˜16 season October 9, 2015, paired with Nabucco as part of a sparkling Opening Weekend. In mid-season, back by popular demand, is our splashy New Year's Eve celebration with dinner, entertainment, and a party, on December 31, 2015 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Maecenas XXXII will carry on the tradition of Pittsburgh Top Ten parties on May 14, 2016, closing the season with panache.

FREE AND LOW-COST EVENTS
Pittsburgh Opera strives to bring opera to all members of the community and is pleased to continue offering free and low-cost events in the 2015-˜16 season. Introducing its Resident Artists to the community, Pittsburgh Opera presents Rising Stars, Sunday, September 20, 2015 in the George R. White Opera Studio of Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue). Brown Bag concerts will continue monthly during the season; the insightful Opera Up Close returns five times during the season, too. 
The community is also invited to Art Song Recitals, starring the Resident Artists; these recitals are hosted by the Friends of Pittsburgh Opera. Also, the company continues Meet the Artists with  General Director Christopher Hahn, immediately following each Tuesday opera performance.

OPERA BROADCASTS/PREVIEWS
Pittsburgh Opera partners with Classical WQED FM 89.3 to broadcast its opera performances on the airwaves and via the station's website. Beginning September 5, 2015 withGrand & Glorious, WQED FM 89.3 broadcasts the 2014-˜15 productions at 1:00 PM on consecutive Saturdays, through October 10. WQED also produces half-hour previews of each upcoming opera and broadcasts them twice before each opera's opening. Specific opera preview dates and times will be announced soon.   

TICKETS/SEASON TICKETS
As part of Pittsburgh Opera's continued efforts to make opera accessible to all members of the community, single tickets for the 2015-˜16 season will again start at just $12. Season tickets are $43 - $671. Single ticket sales begin August 24, 2015. For additional information, call (412) 281-0912, or visit www.pittsburghopera.org.


THE OPERAS

Nabucco (1842)
By Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Temistocle Solera, based on Biblical episodes from the books of Daniel and Jeremiah
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center
  • Last performed at Pittsburgh Opera in 1973
  • Traditional production, from Opera Carolina

Performances of Nabucco
Saturday
, October 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM          Friday, October 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM           Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Overview of Nabucco
Verdi's career had just begun when his wife died and his second opera Un giorno di regno failed; he swore never to compose again, but was finally persuaded by La Scala's impresario to read Solera's libretto for Nabucco. It became a tremendous success: "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star." This wrenching story of the plight of the Jews in Babylon, the father-daughter story at its heart, and an exciting production featuring multiple projections makes Nabucco a welcome start to the season.

Pittsburgh Opera welcomes back Mark Delavan as Nabucco, after his acclaimed appearance here as Scarpia/Tosca in 2012 and the title role in Rigoletto (2013). Red-hot Hungarian soprano Csilla Boross debuts in the demanding role of Abigaille, while former Resident Artist Oren Gradus takes the important role of the priest Zaccaria. Bernard Uzan directs; Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Cast and Artistic Team: Nabucco
Nabucco                                                   Mark Delavan
Abigaille                                                    Csilla Boross +
Fenena                                                     Laurel Semerdjian *
Zaccaria                                                   Oren Gradus **
Ismaele                                                     TBA

Conductor                                                 Antony Walker
Stage Director                                          Bernard Uzan
Set Designer                                             Bernard Uzan and Michael Baumgarten
Lighting Designer                                      Michael Baumgarten
Asst. Conductor                                        Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master                                          Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak

Production by Opera Carolina.  

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut


CosГ¬ fan tutte, or The School for Lovers (1790)
By W.A. Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center
  • Last performed at Pittsburgh Opera in 2006
  • Traditional production, from Boston Lyric Opera

Performances of CosГ¬ fan tutte
Saturday
, November 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM        Friday, November 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM       Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Overview of CosГ¬ fan tutte
Given how popular CosГ¬ fan tutte is now, it is hard to believe that it received only a few performances during Mozart's life, partly due to the long mourning period after the death of his patron, Emperor Joseph II of Austria. Although the subject matter of testing lovers' fidelity didn't offend Viennese sensibilities of the time, throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries it was considered risquГ©. After World War II, the opera finally regained its place in the standard operatic repertoire.
Sir Thomas Allen debuts at Pittsburgh Opera in the dual role of stage director and Don Alfonso. Noted as the inspiration for Billy Elliot, Allen has also been called Britain's Favorite Baritone. Former Resident Artist Danielle Pastin, hailed in local media for her role debut here as Desdemona/Otello (2014), returns as Fiordiligi, while another former Resident Artist Jennifer Holloway (Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, 2012), portrays her friend Dorabella, both subjected to the test of fidelity to their lovers Ferrando and Guglielmowith no small amount of scheming by Don Alfonso and the maid Despina (Sari Gruber, La bohГ¨me, 2014). Music Director Antony Walker conducts.

Cast and Artistic Team: CosГ¬ fan tutte
Dorabella                                                  Jennifer Holloway **
Fiordiligi                                                    Danielle Pastin **
Guglielmo                                                 Hadleigh Adams +
Ferrando                                                   TBA
Don Alfonso                                              Sir Thomas Allen +
Despina                                                    Sari Gruber

Conductor                                                 Antony Walker
Stage Director                                          Sir Thomas Allen +           
Set Designer                                             John Conklin
Costume Designer                                   Gail Buckley
Lighting Designer                                      Marcus Dilliard
Asst. Conductor                                        Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master                                          Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak

Production by Boston Lyric Opera.  

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut


Little Women (1998)
By Mark Adamo
Libretto by Mark Adamo, based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (1868)
Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at CAPA Theater, 111 Ninth Street, Downtown
  • PITTSBURGH PREMIERE in a NEW PRODUCTION by Pittsburgh Opera

Performances of Little Women
Saturday
, January 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM          Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM           Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Overview of Little Women
Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age novel set in 1860s New England is the inspiration for Mark Adamo's 1998 opera, which has enjoyed remarkable success, including a PBS Great Performances television special in 2001 and much critical acclaim, by The New York Times and others.
Pittsburgh Opera once again features its Resident Artists in major roles in a new production: Corrie Stallings takes the lead as irrepressible Jo; Laurel Semerdjian is the practical Meg; Adelaide Boedecker is the fragile Beth. Pittsburgh Opera will again partner with Carnegie Mellon School of Drama for set design of this new production. Crystal Manich (Rodelinda, 2015) directs; Glenn Lewis (Paul's Case, 2014) conducts.

Cast and Artistic Team: Little Women
Jo                                                              Corrie Stallings *
Meg                                                          Laurel Semerdjian *
Amy                                                          TBA *
Beth                                                          Adelaide Boedecker *
Laurie                                                        Adam Bonanni *
Brooke                                                      TBA *
Friedrich Bhaer                                         Matthew Scollin *
Conductor                                                 Glenn Lewis
Stage Director                                          Crystal Manich
Director of Musical Studies                      Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak

New production by Pittsburgh Opera

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut

Second Stage Project: 27 (2014)
By Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Ave., in the Strip
  • PITTSBURGH PREMIERE in a NEW PRODUCTION by Pittsburgh Opera

Performances of 27
Saturday
, February 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM         Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM         Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Overview of 27
Debuting in June 2014 at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and composed for Stephanie Blythe, Ricky Ian Gordon's 27 is already acclaimed for its quick-witted libretto, serious fun and tuneful score.  27 is named for the address of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas's salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus in Paris, and is a humorous snapshot of the women's shared lives and their famous visitors, including Picasso, Hemingway, and Matisse. 27 is a new production by Pittsburgh Opera.

Cast and Artistic Team: 27
Gertrude Stein                                          Laurel Semerdjian *
Alice B. Toklas                                         Adelaide Boedecker *
Pablo Picasso                                           Adam Bonanni *
Leo Stein                                                  TBA *
Ernest Hemingway                                   Matthew Scollin *
Conductor                                                 TBA
Stage Director                                          Jennifer Williams *

Director of Musical Studies                      Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak

New production by Pittsburgh Opera

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut


The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) (1816)

by Giaochino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini,  
based on a play of the same title by Pierre Beaumarchais
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center
  • Last performed at Pittsburgh Opera in 2010
  • Hollywood-inspired production, set in a Sevillian movie studio

Performances of The Barber of Seville
Saturday
, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM                  Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM                   Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM
ALSO: Thursday, April 7: Student Matinee performance at 10:30 AM

Overview of The Barber of Seville
One of the wonderful things about a comic masterpiece such as The Barber of Seville is that it lends itself seamlessly to an alternate treatment. Bugs Bunny's incredibly popular Rabbit of Seville is testament to that mutability, and the charming production by Vancouver Opera that comes to Pittsburgh in Spring 2016 takes the action to a movie studio in Seville, with Rosina as its resident starlet and Bartolo as the studio boss. Madcap antics ensue.

Pittsburgh Opera continues to show its pride in its former Resident Artists by bringing back Jonathan Beyer (La bohГ¨me, 2009) as Figaro, and Kevin Glavin (La bohГ¨me, 2014) as Bartolo. Michele Angelini, Emily Fons, and Brandon Cedel make debuts as Almaviva, Rosina, and Basilio. Linda Brovsky (Rigoletto, 2013) directs; Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus.  

Pittsburgh Opera's annual Student Matinee will introduce 2000+ school children grades 3-12 to this lively, colorful opera on Thursday, April 7 at the Benedum Center. The Resident Artists take lead roles in the Student Matinee, and are accompanied by the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, in yet another opportunity to hone performance skills.

Cast and Artistic Team: The Barber of Seville
Count Almaviva                                        Michele Angelini +
Figaro                                                       Jonathan Beyer **
Rosina                                                      Emily Fons +
Bartolo                                                      Kevin Glavin **
Basilio                                                       Brandon Cedel +
                                                                                   
Conductor                                                 Antony Walker
Stage Director                                          Linda Brovsky

Set Designer                                             Allan Stichbury
Costume Designer                                   Parvin Mrhardy
Lighting Designer                                      TBA
Asst. Conductor                                        TBA
Chorus Master                                          Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak

Original production by Vancouver Opera, now owned by Pittsburgh Opera.

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut


The Rake's Progress (1951)
By Igor Stravinsky
Libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, based loosely on the engravings of
Sung in English, with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center
  • Pittsburgh Opera premiere
  • Production by David Hockney

Performances of The Rake's Progress
Saturday
, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM                Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM                   Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Overview of The Rake's Progress
A simple fable that has been given the treatment in visual art, ballet, film, and opera, Tom Rakewell's journey from fortunate heir to gambler to inmate at Bedlam resonates most dramatically in the hands of Igor Stravinsky, W. H. Auden, and David Hockney, who designed the sets and costumes. The stellar cast also adds shine to the Pittsburgh premiere ofThe Rake's Progress. (In 2001, The Rake's Progress was performed in Pittsburgh: an abbreviated production with a student orchestra, at Pittsburgh Opera Center. The 2016 performances will be the first that are fully-produced.) 

Layla Claire, acclaimed locally as Pamina/The Magic Flute (2013), returns as Anne Trulove, alongside David Pittsinger (The Capulets and the Montagues, 2008) as Nick Shadow. Alek Shrader will bring youthful vibrant tenor and superb vocalism to the role of Tom Rakewell, in a Pittsburgh Opera debut. Roy Rallo directs; Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 


Cast and Artistic Team: The Rake's Progress
Tom Rakewell                                          Alek Shrader +
Anne Trulove                                            Layla Claire
Nick Shadow                                            David Pittsinger
Baba the Turk                                           TBA
Sellem                                                      TBA

Conductor                                                 Antony Walker
Stage Director                                          Roy Rallo

Set Designer                                             David Hockney
Costume Designer                                   David Hockney
Lighting Designer                                      TBA
Chorus Master                                          Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak

Production from San Francisco Opera; production now owned by Pittsburgh Opera.

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut



Pittsburgh Opera strives to make opera intellectually and financially accessible to a diverse audience and this season is proud to continue offering single tickets starting at $12. In addition to single tickets, the Opera has a wide range of season ticket options, starting at just $43.

Subscribers enjoy the benefits of:
¡  The best seats at the best prices
¡  Easy, FREE ticket exchanges
¡  Split-Pay Plan for Early Birds: up to 5 months to pay for the subscription
¡  Reserved parking at Theater Square Garage
¡  15% subscriber discount on additional single tickets to mainstage operas
¡  20% subscriber discount on the Resident Artist opera
¡  Money-Back Guarantee: if subscribers are not satisfied with their first opera,
Pittsburgh Opera will refund the balance of the subscription

For tickets, call (412) 456-6666 or visit www.pittsburghopera.org.

Pittsburgh Opera is committed to making opera accessible to all groups in the Pittsburgh area by providing great discounts and special services to group ticketholders. Unlike the large numbers required by many other organizations, a group at Pittsburgh Opera can be as few as 6 people!  For more information about group ticket services and discounts, contact Randy Adams at (412) 281-0912, ext. 213 or groups@pittsburghopera.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS
                                                         
Rising Stars
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 6:00 PM
George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue)
Pittsburgh Opera hosts its annual Rising Stars on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM in the Opera's Strip District headquarters. Rising Stars is the community's first opportunity to meet the incoming Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists, using the opera audition process to introduce the singers. This performance is free and open to everyone. AtRising Stars, each Resident Artist first performs a selection of his or her own choosing, followed with one chosen by General Director Christopher Hahn and Music Director Antony Walker. A final aria to conclude the concert is selected by the audience. Visit www.pittsburghopera.org or call Emily Grand at (412) 281-0912, ext. 257 for more information.

61st annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball
Friday, October 9, 2015, 7:00 PM
Location TBA
Pittsburgh Opera special events have a reputation for elegance and excitement. The annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball is its signature season kickoff gala, where guests enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and special entertainment. Each year, one lucky Diamond Horseshoe Ball guest is selected at random to receive a diamond-encrusted pendant in the shape of a horseshoe. The 61st annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015, at a location to be announced. Call Alli Frymoyer at (412) 281-0912, ext. 225 for more information.

New Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 7:30 PM
Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland
Back by popular demand! This glittery event, the only one of its kind in Pittsburgh, returns to Carnegie Music Hall for dinner, entertainment and party to ring in 2015. The entertainment will feature members of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and our Resident Artists, with details to be announced at a later time. Auld Lang Syne will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2014, at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Call Alli Frymoyer at (412) 281-0912, ext. 225 for more information.

Maecenas XXXII
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 6:00 PM
Location TBA
Consistently hailed as one of Pittsburgh Top Ten parties, Pittsburgh Opera's Maecenas is the social event not to be missed! Named for Gaius Maecenas, the wealthy Roman
statesman and cultural patron, the Maecenas gala has developed a reputation for a spectacular environment and great entertainment. Maecenas XXXII will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Specific details will be released at a later date. Call Alli Frymoyer at (412) 281-0912, ext. 225 for more information.
Selected Sundays during the season, 2:00 PM
George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters 
(2425 Liberty Avenue)
In the 2015-˜16 season, Pittsburgh Opera continues to present Art Song Recitals. Each recital offers one-hour performances of art song literature from a variety of composers and styles, featuring Pittsburgh Opera's Resident Artists. Art Song recital dates, performers and selections will be released at a later date. Call (412) 281-0912, ext. 257 for more information. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Art Song Recitals are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.


Brown Bag Concerts
Selected Saturdays during the season, 12:00 PM
George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue)
Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2014-˜15. Attracting an average of 157 each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2015 April 2016, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

October 17, 2015                                February 6, 2016
November 14, 2015                            March 19, 2016
December 12, 2015                            April 6, 2016
January 9, 2016                                 
Visit www.pittsburghopera.org or call (412) 281-0912, ext. 262 for more information about the Brown Bag Concerts.

Selected Sundays during the season, 2:00 PM
Pittsburgh Opera hosts another season of its popular Opera Up Close presentations. These entertaining and insightful programs are offered five times per season in Pittsburgh Opera's headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District. Each Opera Up Close begins with an in-depth musical analysis of the opera with Maestro Antony Walker or a guest conductor, followed by a lively panel discussion. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Opera Up Close events are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.
Opera Up Close Dates 2015-˜16     
Nabucco  September 27, 2015        27  February 14, 2016
Cosi fan tutte  October 25, 2015    The Barber of Seville  March 20, 2016
Little Women  January 10, 2016     The Rake's Progress  April 17, 2016         
Visit www.pittsburghopera.org or call (412) 281-0912, ext. 262 for more information.

Ticketholders for each Tuesday opera performance are invited to join General Director Christopher Hahn immediately following the performance to enjoy lively repartee, as Mr. Hahn interviews the stars of the production. This event is free to all Tuesday opera ticketholders, and is held in the Lower Lobby for Benedum performances, in the Black Box for CAPA performances, and in the performance space at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.
Meet the Artists Dates 2015-˜16
Nabucco   Tuesday, October 13, 2015
CosГ¬ fan tutte   Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Little Women  Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (at CAPA Theater)
27  Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters)
The Barber of Seville  Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Daughter of the Regiment  Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Visit www.pittsburghopera.org or call (412) 281-0912, ext. 214 for more information.

FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera  Events
Friends of Pittsburgh Opera schedules events geared toward fellowship, fundraising, and opera scholarship during the year. Events for 2015-˜16 included a Holiday party, a Valentine's Day dinner/dance party, salon-type events, and talks by opera aficionados and scholars. The schedule of 2015-'16 FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera events will be announced at a later time.   


Additional Events

Pittsburgh Opera 2014-˜15 Season Performances on WQED-FM 89.3
Pittsburgh Opera, in collaboration with Classical WQED-FM 89.3, will broadcast the 2014-2015 season productions, giving listeners an opportunity to enjoy the operas all over again. For more information, call (412) 281-0912, ext. 214.
Grand & Glorious  September 5, 2015  Sumeida's Song  September 26, 2015
Otello  September 12, 2015         Carmen  October 3, 2015
Rodelinda  September 19, 2015             
Daughter of the Regiment  October 10, 2015

Pittsburgh Opera Previews on WQED-FM 89.3
Hosted by WQED's Stephen Baum, these previews are broadcast twice before each production opens, giving listeners an in-depth introduction to the singers, music and production of each of the season's operas. Visit the Pittsburgh Opera website after June 30 for specific dates. For more information, call (412) 281-0912, ext. 214.

Ticketholders are invited to attend a Pre-Opera Talk one hour before each performance's

curtain (except the Second Stage Project) in the Main Floor/Orchestra section of the Benedum Center or in the Black Box for CAPA performances. Learn about the composer, the story and some juicy details about the opera! These talks are free to all ticketholders. Visit www.pittsburghopera.org or call (412) 281-0912, ext. 234 for more information.

 

Publish Date: 02-10-2015 09:09:00
 



                                                                                                                                              

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        

CONTACT:      
Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1279

YWCA seeks nominations for 2015 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards

Nomination deadline is February 18


ywlogo persimmonPITTSBURGH, PA (February 9, 2015):  Do you know a woman who encourages social justice, builds confidence and independence, and advances women's lives?  It's time to nominate her for a 2015 Tribute to Women Leadership Award.  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is currently accepting nominations through Wednesday, February 18.

Tribute to Women is the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's premier annual fundraising event.  Since the 1983 inaugural Tribute, the YWCA has honored the achievements of more than 200 exceptional women, saluting them for helping to shape the direction of our region and improve the lives of others. 

This year's awards will highlight women in seven categories: Business & Professional Services, Civic & Community, Creative Arts, Education, Health & Human Services, Science & Technology, and Young Leader. The nomination form for all categories is available online at www.ywcapgh.org

The YWCA invites nominations from individuals, businesses, professional groups and community organizations.  Choosing awardees is the responsibility of the YWCA's 2015 Tribute to Women Selection Committee, comprised of a diverse group of professionals representing the award categories.

Awards will be presented at the 33rd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 21, at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, downtown. 

Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh-area women and families served by the YWCA.  For more information about Tribute to Women, call 412-255-1261 or go to www.ywcapgh.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency; and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information about the YWCA's programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.

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Laura Harwin
Director of Development & PR
412-255-1279| lharwin@ywcapgh.org
305 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | www.ywcapgh.org

 

Publish Date: 02-09-2015 05:30:00
 

MythBusters: Jamie & Adam UNLEASED!, Benedum Center

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
MYTHBUSTERS
JAMIE & ADAM UNLEASHED!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
BENEDUM CENTER | APRIL 20 | 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AT 9:00 A.M.
Pittsburgh, PA (January 29, 2015)”Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thrilled to announce that MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED!, starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters, debuts at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh for one night only on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, February 6 at 9:00 a.m.  This presentation is part of the Cohen & Grigsby TRUST PRESENTS series.
the all-new live show
MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, exciting videos, and behind-the-scenes stories.   With this show, fans join Jamie and Adam onstage to assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approaches to science.  MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.
from Broadwayworld.com
Tickets for Mythbusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! ($42.25 $152.25) are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Groups of 10 or more call 412-471-6930 or visit online www.TrustArts.org/groupsales.
Since 2012, Jamie and Adam have toured North America, Australia and New Zealand with their live show.  To date, they have performed in 91 cities, given 102 performances, over 200,000 people have seen them onstage and the tour has grossed over $12 million. This April, the tour will perform 17 dates across the US.
One of the most highly regarded and watched series on the Discovery Channel, MythBusters is now in its thirteenth season. Co-hosted by Hyneman and Savage, the show mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create its own signature style of explosive experimentation  and the supporting or de-bunking of urban myths that we live with day to day.
Jamie and Adam have become spokespersons at large for applying science to real life most recently as hosts of the Discovery Channel special iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World, and have appeared on numerous shows including Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Colbert Report, NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Countdown with Keith Olberman, and many more.  They were invited to participate in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Fear And/Or Sanity and have received the Young Artist Award for inspiring young people in the interest of science. The MythBusters have been invited to participate on a panel at Comic-Con, where their appearances have sold-out four years running.
Jamie and Adam serve as guest editors for Popular Mechanics and were featured on the cover of the September 2009 issue.  That same year, they were inducted as honorary members into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.  They are Honorary Lifetime Members of the California Science Teachers Association and were named Honorary Engineers and Honorary Members of the Francis Crowe Society at the University of Maine.  Both Hyneman and Savage were given honorary Doctorates at the University of Twente in the Netherlands for their efforts at popularization of science.
Jamie and Adam produced and starred in an H1N1 Public Service Announcement for the White House, and were chosen by the President to retest the Archimedes legend using 500 schoolchildren as surrogate soldiers.
They appeared as themselves in the movie Darwin Awards and have made several cameos on other TV shows, including CSI.  And In 2010, Hyneman and Savage received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Harvard Secular Society.
About Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage
Jamie Hyneman is the owner of M5 Industries, an effects company specializing in problematic custom builds. Besides serving as headquarters of MythBusters, M5 continues to work on various research & development projects for private clients.
After trying his hand at careers as various as librarian at the United Nations in Geneva to running a diving and sailing charter business in the Caribbean, Hyneman began his career in show business as special effects shop assistant in New York and later in San Francisco as a crew member on films including Robocop, Arachnophobia and Naked Lunch.
While managing Colossal Pictures' model shop in San Francisco, Hyneman was given the opportunity to take over and M5 Industries was born.
Hyneman graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Russian. He has received an honorary engineering degree from the University of Maine as well as an honorary doctorate of engineering from Villanova University, with whom he has an ongoing collaborative relationship to help develop new safety concepts for the military. He is the holder of several patents and the winner of numerous industry awards.
Hyneman currently resides the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.
http://mythbustersresults.com/adam-savage
Adam Savage received a call from Jamie Hyneman in 2002 to participate in a demo for a TV show, which turned into the wildly popular Discovery Channel & SBS series MythBusters.
Savage immersed himself in the NYC arts scene before moving to San Francisco in 1990 to parlay his skills into the thriving theater scene. There he worked for dozens of companies as set designer, prop master, art director and producer before falling into the machine art community where he learned welding, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics and robot-building.
After exhibiting his work in over 50 art shows nationwide, Savage caught the eye of the special effects industry and began working as a prop builder and art director for major commercials for Sega, Coca-Cola, Nike, Burger King and Chevrolet. His work on a Coca-Cola commercial earned him a Clio Award nomination.
After a 18-month stint as head of research & development for startup toy company ZOOB, Savage joined George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2, Galaxy Quest, Space Cowboys, A.I., Terminator 3, The Mummy, and dozens of commercials. During this time he also worked as model-shop supervisor for the two Matrix sequels as well as taught at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
Savage continues to dabble in his multiple hobbies, including passionately restoring his vintage four-wheel drive vehicle and accruing new pieces for his movie prop collection. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, twin boys and two dogs.
About MagicSpace EntertainmentPrincipals Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath have
been producing and presenting shows worldwide for over 30 years.
We have had the pleasure and privilege of producing and presenting many great shows and tours over the years, says Lee Marshall, MagicSpace CEO. Our strength has always been the ability to find great opportunities that do not fit into any pre-conceived template. We get excited about projects, which have the potential to find an audience. It doesn't matter to us if the show is a concert tour, an exhibition, an arena spectacle or a Broadway musical. Our strength is finding new opportunities and then paying a great deal of attention to how they are managed. We feel we are uniquely positioned to thrive in the current marketplace where traditional formulas and business models are thrown out and new ones need to be invented daily.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contacts:
PNC BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA - PITTSBURGH
Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / roth@trustarts.orgOther Contact: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / miles@trustarts.org 
Images available:  TrustArts.org/Press
Search:  2015 PHANTOM 
CAST REVEALED FOR 
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'STHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
IN A SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION BYCAMERON MACKINTOSH 
PITTSBURGH PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT COMES TO BENEDUM CENTER
FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 1, 2015 

Pittsburgh, PA”Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group are delighted to announce the casting for their spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA currently on sale for the premiere Pittsburgh engagement at the Benedum Center.  

In Pittsburgh, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will play Wednesday, February 18 through Sunday, March 1, 2015, with performances Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with an additional matinee on Thursday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, one of the most successful musicals of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. To purchase tickets, visitwww.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Ticket prices start at $40.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is part of the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America. 
Chris Mann will portray the man behind the mask, ˜The Phantom,' with Katie Travis as ˜Christine DaaГ©,' Storm Linebergeras ˜Raoul,' Jacquelynne Fontaine as ˜Carlotta Giudicelli,' David Benoit as ˜Monsieur Firmin,' Edward Staudenmayer as ˜Monsieur AndrГ©,' Anne Kanengeiser as ˜Madame Giry,' Frank Viveros as ˜Ubaldo Piangi' and Morgan Cowling as ˜Meg Giry.' 
and perform as Christine DaaГ© and The Phantom, picture Phantomoftheopera.com

Recording artist Chris Mann had his breakout turn on NBC's The Voice. In 2012, he released his debut solo album Roads and followed with his PBS Concert Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons.   Katie Travis has performed principal roles at The Fireside Theater, Liederkranz Opera Theater, The MUNY (Les MisГ©rables, Cosette) and won the Lys Symonette Award (Lotte Lenya Competition). Storm Lineberger makes his touring debut in Phantom. He has performed at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, New London Barn Playhouse and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Jacquelynne Fontaine's stage and opera credits include The Student Prince (Kathie, Pittsburgh CLO), A Little Night Music (Charlotte, Indiana Rep), La Traviata (Violetta) and was Miss California 2006.  David Benoit's Broadway and National Tour credits include Jekyll & Hyde,Avenue QLes MisГ©rablesDance of the VampiresYoung Frankenstein and All Shook Up. Edward Staudenmayer's Broadway credits include WonderlandMartin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Beauty and the Beast (1st National Tour). Anne Kanengeiser has been seen on Broadway in the original companies of Little WomenRagtime as well as the 3rd National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera.  Frank Viveros originated the roles of Bloat The Blowfish in Disney's Finding Nemo: The Musical and Iron Chef in Yellow Brick Road.  Morgan Cowling appeared in Once We Lived Here (Off-Broadway), Disney'sWishes (Original Cast) and Australian productions of Guys and Dolls and Seussical
K & as Christine and Raoul, picture @StormLineberger Twitter

The Ensemble includes Adam Bashian, Krista Buccellato, Nick Cartell, Dan Debenport, Amy Decker, Mark Emerson, David Foley, Jr., Celia Hottenstein, Christopher M. Howard, Merritt David Janes, Edward Juvier, Ted Keener, Luke Lazzaro, Jay Lusteck, Katie McCreary, Christy Morton, Lindsay O'Neil, Quinto Ott, Eric Ruiz, Allan Snyder and Marguerite Willbanks. The Corps de Ballet includes Christina Dooling, Sarah DeBiase, Anjelica Bette Fellini, Abigail Mentzer, Lily Rose Peck, Alexandra Pernice, Tara Sweeney and Micki Weiner.
For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/USTour
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, It's wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated 27 years on Broadway. Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK.  
Cameron Mackintosh said, ''After a glorious celebration of 27 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I'm delighted that this dazzling new production of PHANTOM has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics alike in the U.K. and now the U.S. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria BjГ¶rnson's amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the PHANTOM in his new guise -- for the first time or all over again.  
The new production of PHANTOM is an enormous hit with audiences and critics alike¦ 
Extraordinarily opulent.  This PHANTOM'S storytelling and relationships have an electrifying tension.  Chicago Sun-Times 
An intense and spectacular new production with a stunning new design, fresh drama and added momentum.  Sunday Express (UK) 
Take a deep breath and prepare to be dazzled; this kind of gorgeous escapism is exactly what audiences need.  The Scotsman (UK) 
Powerful, gorgeous¦and better than ever.  The Philadelphia Inquirer 
This PHANTOM is for a new generation. Roy Leonard, Chicago Now 
This new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is directed by Laurence Connor (the 25th Anniversary production of Les MisГ©rables now on Broadway) with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria BjГ¶rnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 
There are currently eight productions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA around the world: the flagship London production (approaching 28 Years and counting), New York (27 Years and counting), Sapporo (Japan, 25 Years and counting, in repertory), Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), the Asian Pacific Tour (now in Taipei, Taiwan), Moscow (Russia, which had its official opening on October 4, 2014) and Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production now on tour in North America.  Following Moscow, the next international openings will be in Hong Kong in December 2014 and Istanbul (Turkey) in April 2015. 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion, which it did this past summer.  Revenues far surpass the world's highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.8 billion), as well as such other blockbusters as TitanicThe Lord of the RingsJurassic Park and Star Wars
Worldwide, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has played over 65,000 performances that have been seen by 140 million people in 30 countries and 151 cities in 14 languages. The show has won more than 70 major theater awards. 
There have been three previous U.S. National Tours of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA that grossed over $1.5 billion in combined box office sales and played 216 engagements in 77 cities for an unprecedented total of 36 years and over 14,500 performances to 31 million people. 
Based on the classic novel Le FantГ´me de L'OpГ©ra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. 
For more information, visitwww.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com.
Facebook:        www.facebook.com/PhantomOnTour
Twitter:           www.twitter.com/PhantomOnTour
Instagram:       www.instagram.com/PhantomTour
Know The Show Before You GoOn Wednesday, February 18, 2015, PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-show talk, one-hour before the show starts, at the Trust Arts Education Center, located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. Know The Show Before You Go is hosted by Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA-TV.  This program allows patrons to gain deeper insight on each production that graces the Pittsburgh stage this Broadway season.  For more information and complete schedule of upcoming Know The Show Before You Goprograms during the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, please visit:www.TrustArts.org/KnowtheShow

Broadway Across AmericaBroadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.
Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 02-01-2015 23:23:00
 

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2015

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS CINEMATIC SYMPHONY EVENT WITH CASABLANCA ON FEBRUARY 15

PITTSBURGH Fall in love all over again when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Casablanca, a symphonic cinema event led by American conductor Emil de Cou, for one special night on Sunday, February 15 at 8 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

The 1942 American romantic film classic tells the dramatic story of a man torn between love and virtue, featuring iconic performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. This monumental film will be shown in high definition with Max Steiner's Oscar-nominated score played live by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!

Tickets for Casablanca range from $22.75 to $82.75 and are on sale at pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900. 

American conductor Emil de Cou appears regularly as guest conductor with orchestras across the United States. After serving as associate
conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra for eight years, he was recently appointed as music director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, a position he began in 2011. He was an active participant in a wide range of National Symphony Orchestra performances and events since his debut at Wolf Trap in 2000. In 2002, de Cou formally joined the National Symphony conducting staff and, in addition to being associate conductor, in the summer, serves as the conductor of the NSO at the Wolf Trap Festival. 


In that capacity, his responsibilities include leading several of the NSO's concerts at Wolf Trap, and acting as a spokesperson for the overall summer season. He also has led the Labor Day Weekend Capitol Concerts on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol annually since 2002. He has appeared as guest conductor with many leading orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Saint Louis, Detroit, Montreal, Boston Pops, Minnesota, Denver, Portland and San Francisco, where he also served as principal pops conductor. He was acting music director for the San Francisco Ballet and conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for eight seasons conducting performances at Lincoln Center as well as national and international tours. 

scene from "Casa Blanca"

De Cou made his Carnegie Hall debut as guest conductor for the New York Pops, and also appeared at the gala tribute to Beverly Sills at Lincoln Center with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and a stellar roster of soloists. His innovative concerts at the Wolf Trap Pavilion have included the first screenings of The Wizard of Oz with the score performed with live orchestra, the first ever live Twitter program notes (Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony) and live in-time pod cast for a concert called Fantastic Planet. In 2008, he conducted the first performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies. In 1985, de Cou was hired by Mikhail Baryshnikov to be the conductor of the American Ballet Theatre afterward joining the staff of the San Francisco Ballet where he ended his tenure there as music director in 1998. 

He has also worked with the New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet and others. Emil de Cou was born in Los Angeles and studied with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California. He was the subject of a documentary on National Public Radio and was chosen from 200 candidates to study in Leonard Bernstein's master class at the Hollywood Bowl. He makes his home in San Francisco.
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Phone: 412.392.4866 | email:
lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
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Phone: 412.392.4827 | email:
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Publish Date: 02-01-2015 20:54:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     
Media Contacts
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PITTSBURGH HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
A PROJECT OF THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST 
& THE HUMANITIES CENTER AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
PRESENTING SMART TALK ABOUT STUFF THAT MATTERS
MARCH 26 29, 2015 | PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA | CULTURAL DISTRICT
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University announce the launch of the inaugural Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, scheduled for March 26-29, 2015.  The Festival will take place throughout Pittsburgh's Cultural District and neighboring locales.

The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival seeks to explore and evaluate the current condition of human life, shared Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  For over thirty years, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has been attentive to the quality of life provided for Pittsburgh residents and visitors.  It is our hope that these programs will illicit new and unique thoughts with regard to how we view the world.
The festival will demonstrate the humanities ” broadly defined as knowledge of humankind and its works ” are stimulating, entertaining and vital to the life of the community. Carnegie Mellon has helped lead Pittsburgh into the 21st century and the Humanities Festival, modeled on Chicago's 25-year old example, is another step in the city's transformation into a capital of culture and innovation, shared David Shumway, professor of English and director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon.
The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival will feature internationally renowned academics, artists and intellectual innovators offering interviews, intimate conversations and select performances focused on topics ranging from art, literature and music to science, policy and politics.

Events will be held Thursday, March 26, 2015 through Sunday, March 29, 2015, throughout Pittsburgh's Cultural District, as well as at select venues of partnering organizations and galleries.
Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival is supported by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Institute of Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, the Andy Warhol Museum, WYEP/WESA and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  
Tickets for the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival will go on sale Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9 a.m.  Full festival passes, single tickets and student pricing will be available.  For a listing of events and to receive updates, please visit TrustArts.org/SmartTalk or call 412-456-6666. Groups may purchase discounted tickets by calling 412-471-6930.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 02-01-2015 20:42:00
 


For Immediate Release                                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Marketing Manager
Calliope Presents
(412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org

CALLIOPE PRESENTS
  
The Holmes Brothers 
with Ada Dyer

the holmes brothers revised(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope welcomes The Holmes Brothers with Ada Dyer to Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland) on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:30 PM.
 Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website: www.calliopehouse.org$39 $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).
For additional information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915.

Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues, street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk.  -NY Times

Sherman Holmes bass, vocals
Wendell Holmes guitar, piano, vocals
Ada Dyer vocals
Kahlil Kwame Bell drums 
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ˜n' roll and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell's gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy's soaring falsetto and Sherman's rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman's bass playing and Popsy's drumming, perfectly complimenting Wendell's blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band easily blends Saturday night's roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning's church service.

From winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Al Green, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash, Odetta, and The Jungle Brothers, the Holmes Brothers have seemingly done it all.
Since their debut on Rounder in 1989, The Holmes Brothers have worked virtually non-stop. In addition to their four critically acclaimed Rounder albums, they recorded Jubilation for Peter Gabriel's Real World label in 1992, becoming the first American group to record for the standout world music imprint.

After signing with Alligator in 2001, The Holmes Brothers released the magnificent Speaking In Tongues, produced by Osborne, who also sang backup vocals throughout. With help from Grammy-winning engineer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions), The Holmes Brothers created a contemporary album of spiritual soul music. The Holmes Brothers appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, The CBS Saturday Early Show, as well as National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. They were the subject of features and reviews in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Newsweek, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner and countless other publications. Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune called it a joyous, foot-stomping carnival¦a gift to the world of music.

2004's Simple Truths found The Holmes Brothers receiving even more attention, as reviews ran in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, New York Post, and many other publications. They
appeared on Outlaws and Angels”The Willie Nelson and Friends 3rd Annual Birthday Concert (televised on the USA Network and released on CD and DVD), Late Night With Conan O'Brien, World Cafe, Mountain Stage, as well as the National Public Radio programs All Things Considered, On Point and Here And Now. The Chicago Sun-Times called Simple Truths, A breathtaking and heartfelt journey through gospel-drenched soul, blues, funk and country. They won the coveted Blues Music Award from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation for Band of the Year in 2005.
2007's State Of Grace continued the upward trend. Again the band performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Features and reviews ran in USA Today, The New York Times, Billboard, Time Out New York, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and many other publications. The album won the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Album of the Year. Rolling Stone called it impressive, fervent country soul.

With their deeply soulful singing, uplifting harmonies and unsurpassed musicianship, The Holmes Brothers continue to grow as artists. Billboard declares, It seems like The Holmes Brothers get more assured and exciting with each passing year. They remain a musical force unto themselves. Triumphing over adversity led directly to the creation of Feed My Soul, as the band turned what may have been a career-ending event into the best album in their long history. With the depth of the songwriting and the power of their performances on this new album The Holmes Brothers serve their extended family of devoted listeners a rich musical banquet for the soul.

Visit their website:  http://www.theholmesbrothers.com/

the holmes brothers-ada dyer Ada Dyer is a deeply soulful vocalist, proficient and at home with R&B, Gospel, Funk Jams, and Popular Song. The Chicago ­born performer's emotional and sultry style is reminiscent of revered talents like Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin. Dyer began her music career while still in high school. After graduating, she continued to work with local talent playing nightclubs, as well as colleges throughout the city.

In 1981, Dyer relocated from Chicago to New York City, where she embarked upon a prolific career in theater and jingles. She released two solo albums on Motown Records and also recorded with such artists as Steely Dan, Cher, Sting, Luther Vandross, Amy Grant, Marc Cohn, Roberta Flack, and Michael Bolton. Leading her own band, she has toured internationally, and she has also performed with the likes of Sting, Chaka Khan, Lenny Kravitz, Roberta Flack, J Geils Band, Boz Scaggs, and The Holmes Brothers. Credits include appearing with The Holmes Brothers on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
-- 
Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Marketing Manager
Calliope
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-1915
www.calliopehouse.org

 

 

Publish Date: 11-26-2014 18:12:00
 
Sigmas Conference & Event Center to Host Benefit for Hair Peace Charities
Benefits Local Women and Girls Fighting Cancer

PITTSBURGH, PA, November 28, 2014 -- On December 4, 2014, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sigmas Conference & Event Center (www.sigmasconference.com) will host a special shopping event to benefit Pittsburgh's Hair Peace Charities (www.hairpeace.org). This event will raise money for women and girls to purchase wigs while in chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Sigmas Conference & Event Center is located at 1717 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh 15209.

 We expect about 30 vendors to be on hand to provide a stress-free shopping experience in a welcoming atmosphere, said Sharon Gregory, Owner of Sigmas Conference & Event Center. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks, free gift wrapping, free parking, food delicacies from vendors, DJ entertainment, hand massages and the opportunity to win prizes.

During chemotherapy, it's important to try to look normal for working women, mothers and girls in school, but doing so can be a financial hardship, considering the co-pays and loss of work while in treatment. That's one reason I started Hair Peace Charities -- to pay for wigs for them, said Bonny Diver, Founder of Hair Peace Charities. "As a breast-cancer survivor myself, I decided I wanted to be a resource for those going down that same road."

The cost to attend this fun event for a great cause is only $5, and all ticket proceeds will be donated to Hair Peace Charities. Guests are asked to reserve their tickets by Dec. 1, by calling 412-821-2530, by emailing s.gregory@sigmasconference.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PurchaseforPurpose.

Sigmas Conference and Event Center is a truly unique venue that offers unsurpassed amenities for social and corporate events that are sure to result in satisfaction for their guests. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, PA, the center's retreat-like, distraction-free environment facilitates productivity for business meetings, trainings and team-building events. Its warm and welcoming atmosphere is ideal for banquets and social events. And there is plenty of free parking with easy access from all areas in Western Pennsylvania.
Hair Peace Charities raises money to help women and girls buy wigs while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for any type of cancer. Hair Peace Charities also fights cancer with educational support groups and faith. Hair Peace Charities is Hair, Prayer, Care.

 

Publish Date: 11-03-2014 03:08:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
PNC BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA-PITTSBURGHShaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
PRE-SHOW EDUCATION PROGRAM PREPARES PATRONS FOR2014-2015 PNC BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA-PITTSBURGH SERIES
KNOW THE SHOW BEFORE YOU GO
PITTSBURGH, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Know The Show Before You Goprogram schedule for the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh Series. Hosted by Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA-TV, this program allows patrons to gain deeper insight on each production that graces the Pittsburgh stage this Broadway season.  PNC Broadway across America-Pittsburgh is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony.
We are pleased to present this program for the 2014-2015 Season; it gains more and more popularity each year, shared Tracy Edmunds, Director of Arts Education for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. We appreciate the personal relationships Mr. Rawson has forged with so many artists throughout his career. His experience and relationships add to the unique and special exchange.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

November 18, 2014 - November 23, 2014
Presented By: PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh
Venue: Benedum Center

I enjoy participating in the program, adds Christopher Rawson. It enables me to provide a non-critical analysis of the productions. I love theater, and I love sharing insightful information with patrons who share in in the same.
Admission to Know The Show Before You Go is completely free for all ticket holders and occurs approximately one hour before the show starts, at the Trust Arts Education Center, located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh.  Cast, creative and company member attendance is subject to availability and varies for each production. Times are subject to change. Light refreshments will be served.
The following dates are scheduled for the 2014-2015 Know The Show Before You Go series:
  • IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS  Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • DISNEY'S NEWSIES  Tuesday, November 25, 2014
  • MOTOWN THE MUSICAL  Tuesday, December 30, 2014
  • PIPPIN  Wednesday, January 21, 2015
  • CAMERON MACKINTOSH'S SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Wednesday, February 18, 2015
  • DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Disney's Newsies

Disney's Newsies

November 25, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Presented By: PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh
Venue: Benedum Center

Broadway Across AmericaBroadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

Motown

Motown

December 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Presented By: PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh
Venue: Heinz Hall

Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 11-02-2014 13:08:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Catherine Treadgold
Publisher
Camel Press
P.O. Box 70515
Seattle, WA 98127
206-414-7673
catherine@camelpress.com
www.camelpress.com
Camel Press Announces the February 2015 Release of Johnnie Come Lately, by Kathleen M. Rodgers

Seattle, WA.”On February 1, 2015, Camel Press will release Johnnie Come Lately ($14.95, 292 pp., ISBN: 978-1-60381-215-3), a work of Women's Contemporary fiction by Kathleen M. Rodgers. Despite an outwardly happy existence as a wife and mother, Johnnie Kitchen yearns for a way to fulfill her dreams and end her nightmares.
Rodgers is the winner of the 2009 MWSA Silver Medal Award for Fiction and the 2010 William E. Mayer Literary Award. Her first novel, The Final Salute, was featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times. It reached #1 on Amazon's Top-Rated War Fiction list and was a Book of the Month selection for the Army Wife Network.
Johnnie Come Lately is a thoroughly compelling story of a family in crisis. Rodgers has combined humor, tragedy, and ultimately love, in what is an uplifting story of the human spirit. There were times that I laughed and cried and shouted for joy, and I am not ashamed to say it. ”Dwight J. Zimmerman, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Lincoln's Last Days


The remnants of Johnnie Kitchen's childhood traumas threaten the life she needs and wants now”a deep and enduring love, children, and an orderly family life. Award-winning author Kathleen Rodgers has written a brave and uplifting novel that will move anyone who has faced a long, lonely road back from disaster and despair. ”Joyce Faulkner, past president of Military Writers Society of America and award-winning author of Windshift and In the Shadow of Suribachi Johnnie Come Lately, by Kathleen M. Rodgers Press Release”Page 2 

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Publish Date: 10-05-2014 12:47:00
 


Media Inquiries:
Mark Fleis M.Ed., C.O.O.
MarkRFleis@gmail.com
724-987-3221

Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa Launches New
Body Rejuvenation Program Including Four New Procedures
            Relief for Highly Sensitive Problem Areas         

Pittsburgh, PA September 16, 2014 Pittsburgh's leading cosmetic treatment center, Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa, announces its newest service package. The Body Rejuvenation Program includes four new procedures for delicate body areas. The program was inspired by an increased amount of requests to repair earlobes, belly buttons and vaginal alteration, and also deep wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

We're extremely excited to offer relief, improve the quality of life and restore self-confidence with our new Body Rejuvenation Program, Senior Executive Mark Fleis said. We noticed a surge in scarring, stretch marks, earlobe, belly button and vaginal rejuvenation consultations over the past five years, so in order to best serve our patients, we created an innovative customized treatment package for both men and women.

Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa begins the process with a confidential consultation where they determine the optimal corrective steps for each individual. From there, their team delivers safe and trusted treatments ensuring each patient's distinct cosmetic needs are met. All procedures are performed in state-of-the-art facilities by board-certified surgeons.

Damage to earlobes, such as stretching or tearing from earrings and gauges, can be repaired by a simple cosmetic procedure. The 30-minute process causes minimal discomfort and healing takes approximately one week.

Belly button piercings can cause infections, scarring and tearing of the skin more often than one may realize. Belly buttons can also develop an unsightly skin hood due to weight changes and pregnancies. Extreme issues can be fixed with cosmetic belly button surgery, or umbilicoplasty, which is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the belly button. Performed in less than one hour, patients are able to resume regular activities within 24 to 48 hours.
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Like all other body parts, the vagina and labia undergo changes during childbirth and aging, which can vary from slight to drastic depending on each woman's circumstance. Some women are born with elongated, uneven or irregularly shaped labium and in certain instances, it can interfere with physical activities. Libiaplasty and vaginoplasty strengthen, firm and reshape tissues for youthful appearance.

The newest Fractional and Semi-ablative lasers effectively improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, skin textures, acne and sunspots. This treatment has long lasting effects almost anywhere on the body and is a safe, FDA approved technology.

For more information about these procedures or Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa, please visit www.BBLMspa.com, www.AdLipoCenter.com or call 724-987-3221 for a free consultation.

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Body Beautiful Medi-Spa delivers safe treatment and consultations to provide the most up to date information to ensure we meet each individual patient's needs. Body Beautiful features the ultimate skin care professionals and aesthetic treatments in a spa-like atmosphere. Our professional staff works with both women and men who want to look and feel younger. We incorporate the newest, safest and most effective technology in our cosmetic treatments programs and are constantly researching and educating our staff on the best practices available.


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Publish Date: 09-08-2014 20:55:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/ Roth@TrustArts.org
Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org

Images available: TrustArts.org/press
Search: 2014 Linda Eder


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
AWARD-WINNING VOCALIST AND BROADWAY PERFORMER
LINDA EDER

AS PART OF THE TRUST CABARET SERIES
SERIES TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE

Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder, at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This performance is part of the TRUST Cabaret Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This series provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry.

Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. As the tragic character Lucy in the Broadway musical JEKYLL & HYDE, from composer Frank Wildhorn, Eder blew the roof off of New York's Plymouth Theatre each night as she belted out signature songs Someone Like You and A New Life.  Ms. Eder was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination for her Broadway debut.

Linda Eder, Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Linda Eder began her career singing in her home state and eventually landed a gig at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City. But it was her appearances on the 1987 season of Star Search, where she won for an unprecedented 12 weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike. Ms. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America's most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with 15 solo albums and 12 musical recordings.

Linda Eder has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, The Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap and the Ravinia Festival. Always touring in good company, her collaborations include the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Tony-winner Michael Feinstein and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

For tickets ($50.00-$60.00) and information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-6666, or visit in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. To purchase ten (10) or more tickets at discounted rates, please call 412-471-6930. Season Tickets packages include tickets for all five shows for the price of four with table seating for $240 and theater seating for $200. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Cabaret at Theater Square. Tickets for the TRUST Cabaret Series go on sale this Friday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m.

The 2014-2015 TRUST Cabaret Series will also include performances by Brain D'Arcy James on November 10, 2014; Norm Lewis on March 16, 2015; Ann Hampton Callaway on April 13, 2015; and a special Broadway Showstoppers performance featuring Telly Leung and Mandy Gonzalez on May 4, 2015.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.  For more information about upcoming performing artists in the TRUST Cabaret Series, visit www.TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries.

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 09-08-2014 20:46:00
 
For Immediate Release
Sept. 2, 2014


PITTSBURGH SENSATION JACKIE EVANCHO RETURNS TO HEINZ HALL TO PERFORM WITH MEMBERS OF THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

PITTSBURGH Jackie Evancho, the 14-year-old vocal sensation from Pittsburgh, returns to her hometown to perform with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on February 13, 2015.

Evancho, who first gained fame as a runner up on NBC's America's Got Talent at 10 years old, releases her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23. Her performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony will feature the lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become known, as well as the more contemporary material that can be found on her new album. Evancho also will sing several original songs and music from Broadway.

Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own, said Evancho of the new album. The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me.

Tickets, ranging in price from $39 to $179, go on sale September 8 and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.

Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age 10, gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's America's Got Talent. She was immediately signed to Columbia Records where she released a string of successful recordings including O Holy Night, Dream With Me, Heavenly Christmas and Songs From the Silver Screen. She has since acted in Robert Redford's The Company You Keep alongside Susan Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf and Nick Nolte, and performed as a special guest in Cirque du Soleil's One Night for One Drop benefit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She also starred in the fall 2012 GUESS Kids clothing campaign, and in June, she performed the classic film song Over the Rainbow at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Evancho has participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., where she delighted President and Mrs. Obama. She performed before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, and has performed in Japan before the Royal Family at the Imperial Palace. Her first PBS special was one of the top pledge producing performances in PBS history. Her wide-ranging achievements caused Billboard to include her on its list of music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21 in 2011 and 2012.

Editors Please Note:

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

JACKIE EVANCHO WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JACKIE EVANCHO, vocalist

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Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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Publish Date: 09-08-2014 20:39:00
 
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Media Contacts:
PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh:
Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org      

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Search: Book of Mormon 2014


THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
Heaven on Broadway!  A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

THE BOOK OF MORMON

ANNOUNCES LOTTERY TICKET POLICY

PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 23 AT HEINZ HALL


Pittsburgh, PA THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins Tuesday, September 23 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA and plays a limited two week engagement through Sunday, October 5, 2014.  In Pittsburgh, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 per ticket.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.  

Entries will be accepted at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award®-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, AVENUE Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's SPAMALOT, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
Book of Mormon
National Tour Company
Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.

In Pittsburgh, THE BOOK OF MORMON will play September 23 through October 5, 2014 at Heinz Hall. This tour is being offered as a ˜season special' from the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $45 and are available for purchase through these official ticketing outlets, by calling (412) 315-3155, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org and www.CulturalDistrict.org. Single ticket sales are limited to 9 per customer.

For more information about the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh subscription series, please call (412) 456-1390 or email: subscriptions@TrustArts.org. Groups of 10 or more may call (412) 471-6930 or email groupsales@TrustArts.org or visitwww.TrustArts.org/groupsales.  
PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
Broadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets.  As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre.  Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers, Betrayal and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com andBroadway.com

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

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Publish Date: 09-08-2014 20:26:00
 
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Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations: 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Communications Manager: 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available at: TrustArts.org/press
Search name:  2014-2015 Dance


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

TICKETS ON SALE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014

20142015 PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL SEASON

Pittsburgh, PA”  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces single tickets go on sale, Friday, August 29, at 9AM, for the 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season.  Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  All performances will take place at the Byham Theater located at 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season includes the following six performances.  Also, two special dance events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host are additional recommendations to dance patrons.

Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater

Simply breathtaking. Chicago Sun Times

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision focuses on presenting groundbreaking work from the world's most exciting, emerging choreographers. Square None, the company's first commission by Norbert De La Cruz III, is an ambitious and expansive piece that explores themes of youth and naivetГ©. The Aspen Times says, It felt like a thrill, like a discovery of something new.  Beautiful Mistake, a stunning piece by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, expertly exhibits the gorgeous physicality of this incredible company through dynamic partnering. The newest work, Heart(s)pace by company-favorite Nicolo Fonte, gives audiences a distinctively unique experience as the stage glows with exuberant light and color. Influenced by love and compassion, this abstract piece illuminates the importance of touch.

Michael Clark Company
Saturday | November 1, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater

A thunderous electrifying evening of attention-seeking sound, stimulating visuals, and impressive fine-tuned focused dancers. Don't expect to be transported; expect to be jolted out of your seats.
British Theatre Guide

Photo Credit:  Jake Walters

The rebellious sensibilities of British dance iconoclast Michael Clark have catapulted him to the forefront of innovative contemporary dance. Fusing extreme elements of classical and punk, Michael Clark's technical rigor and unabashed experimentation consistently breaks new ground to provoke and electrify audiences. Michael Clark's critically-acclaimed work come, been and gone features the music of 1970s rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop. At once sensual and damaged, Clark's masterpiece Swamp is drenched in exquisitely textured patterns of movement. Program contains partial nudity. Presented in partnership with the British Council.

Ron K. Brown Evidence
Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
Photo Credit:  Ayodele Casel

If there is any company working today whose dancers pack a more sophisticated and vibrant kinetic punch than those of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, I can't think of it.
The New York Times

Ronald K. Brown masterfully threads elements of African, modern, ballet and social styles, elevating dance as a medium to communicate the human experience. The Brooklyn-based company Evidence poignantly executes Brown's signature vision of forging contemporary choreography rooted in the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. In the extraordinary work The Subtle One, set to the music of jazz musicians Jason Moran and Tarus Mateen, Brown transcends the human struggle and aspirations for connection between spiritual beings and mortals. In On Earth Together, Stevie Wonder's music deepens Brown's exploration of love and compassion and features dancers from the Pittsburgh community working alongside dancers from Evidence.

Union Tanguera
Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
Photo Credit:  Guillermo Monteleone

Extremely seductive and ravishing. The Oregonian

French Argentinean ensemble Union Tanguera brings the sensuality and art of tango to life with their original, stimulating interpretation of the social dance style reimagined for the stage. Featuring live music performed by one of Buenos Aires's finest quartets, the French Argentinean ensemble of seven dancers presents savory, stylized dance theater with dramatic flair.  Set in a nameless nightclub at the end of a traditional tango show, Nuit Blanche illuminates the wanderings, desires, and fears that surface during one sleepless night”unveiling a seductive, late night world where dancers express themselves through intimate, uninhibited dance.

Pontus Lidberg
Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater

Pontus Lidberg is an exquisite dancer. Lidberg explores movement qualities and relations in a form that is easy to embrace. Something vulnerable, innocent and at the same time volatile¦
Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden
Photo Credit:  Petrus Sjovik

Movement-wise, the freely flowing combinations of recurrent falls, slides and lifts give a feeling of weightlessness. Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

A rising star on the international dance scene, Swedish choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg has created more than 35 works for major dance companies such as Ballet du Grand ThГ©Гctre de GenГ¨ve, SemperOper Ballet Dresden, Morphoses, and his own company, Pontus Lidberg Dance. His brand-new work, Snow, is a turbulent choreographic composition set in a ceaseless snowfall. The choreography presents a poetic look at the fragile human reality of existence, in contrast to the relentless power of nature. Four world-class dancers, including Lidberg himself, will take the stage together with a lifelike, highly expressive Japanese-style Bunraku puppet to tell a dynamic and poetic story of human experience.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Ross
Scottish Ballet
Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
Crackles with Southern heat and sexual tension. The Independent

The result is everything you could hope for” florid, poetic, poisonously beautiful.
London Evening Standard

Scotland's national dance company presents a bold interpretation of the Tennessee Williams's masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. Dance meets drama in this powerful collaboration between award-winning theater/film director Nancy Meckler and internationally-acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The iconic, heartbreaking tale of human frailty is set to a saucy, jazz-inspired score and aptly dressed in striking vintage-styled costumes. The retelling of Streetcar is exemplary of Scottish Ballet's niche for re-imagining classic stories with fresh relevance for contemporary audiences.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Photo Credit:  Thommy Keat
Recommended Performance: Royal Ballet of Cambodia
Friday | November 7, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater
Single tickets start at $25.
Sweet and seductive. The Dance Insider

Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. The traditional style celebrates graceful, subtle movement that is absolutely spellbinding.

*This performance is not part of the subscription season. Subscribers receive priority access and a $5 discount on tickets to this Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents presentation.

Photo Credit:  David Bazemore
Special Event: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
Single tickets start at $25.
Out of this unexpected union of dance and radio comes a show that, like the work of its collaborators, blends moments of delight and hilarity with glimpses of the soft underbelly of human experience. It's magic.     Santa Barbara Independent

This, I'll be completely sincere, is one of my favorite things I have ever been a part of, says This American Life host Ira Glass of his collaboration with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. The show includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers. Don't miss this fun, quirky event where radio meets dance in an unlikely, wonderful evening that gives the feeling of an amazing dance performance and a heartfelt This American Life episode.

*This performance is not part of the subscription season. Subscribers receive priority access for tickets to this special event.

TICKETS
Single tickets start at $19 for the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  Subscription packages are available for: $64-$240. Subscriptions can be purchased in packages of 4 shows or 6 shows. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390.  Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930.
For more information visit, www.TrustArts.org/dance.
About the Pittsburgh Dance Council
The Pittsburgh Dance Council joined Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a programming division 2002. The mission of Pittsburgh Dance Council is to bring the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres.

About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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Publish Date: 08-29-2014 22:04:00
 
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Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 412-471-8712/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org        
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
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Search: Quilt 2014

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
FRAGMENTS, FRACTALS: WRITE IT, PRINT IT, SEW IT

September 12 November 16, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery | 709 Penn Avenue
Exhibition Opening & Reception | September 12, 5:30 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Fragments, Fractals: Write It, Print It, Sew It, an exhibition of story quilts by artist Tina Williams Brewer. The exhibition is on view September 12November 16, 2014, at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk take place September 12, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Brewer's ten quilts”with titles such as Natural Migration, Cosmic Endeavors, and Rosetta Stone”tell stories of the natural movement of migration, from a simple view of water migration to a more complicated visual approach to forced migration. The layered, overlapping, and decorative imagery is achieved through quilting fabrics that have been printed with Brewer's designs.

Everything gets lost in the movement of migration, Brewer says. In order to simplify so that we may understand, there is a need to peel back the layers and explore the beginnings of the original water currents.

As an artistic inspiration, Brewer used fragments of novelist John Edgar Wideman's Cry In from Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind and Rachel Goldstein's poetry to inform her work. The inspiration from both artists are in integral part of the exhibition.

Tina Williams Brewer is known for her artistic exploration of African-American history and the personal experiences associated with it. She uses symbolism, textile, and fabrics to create story quilts that are motivated by issues focusing on family, women and children, and the spirituality of the culture. Her work has been displayed internationally at the United States Embassy in Ghana, and in more than 50 major venues across the United States, including Tampa Museum of Art and Science, Tampa, FL; Heinz Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, PA; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; African American Museum, Dallas, TX; Reginald Lewis Museum of African American Art in Baltimore, MD; and Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV. Brewer is a member of the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, Women of Visions, Inc., and an emeritus board member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and she earned a bachelor of arts from Columbus College of Art and Design.

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Publish Date: 08-29-2014 21:38:00
 
For Immediate Release                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Marketing Manager
Calliope
(412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org        

CALLIOPE PRESENTS
ELLIS PAUL



(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes Ellis Paul to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 PM.
More information is available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $28 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.
The New York Times

Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul's music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide, his 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America's most talented songwriters.

Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials,
documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers -- Hall Pass (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), Me, Myself, & Irene (starring Jim Carrey) and Shallow Hal (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul's music by referring to him as a national treasure.

Ellis Paul

Not surprisingly, Paul's consistently been heralded by others as well. One writer noted that it reminds you how much we need storytellers back in pop music -- storytellers with empathy, fine eyes and an understanding that even though we live in a soulless, indifferent would, out music doesn't have to reflect our culture." Another reviewer was even more pointed. Ellis Paul is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation, she commented. And for many of us he is the face of contemporary folk music. Few are as smart, as literate, as poetic as Paul. I cannot think of another artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries.
Indeed, he is all that, and in a very real sense, even more. He's an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he's learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.

With 16 CD's, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis' songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother's ˜Hall Pass', ˜Me, Myself & Irene', and ˜Shallow Hal'. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Gutherie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and multi-platinum band Sugerland, among others.

Ellis has a voice that's so powerful that you know who it is the second he comes through your radio. His music and songs are a new birth in American sound that makes me want to go see concerts again. -Kristian Bush / Sugerland

Here's his website: http://www.ellispaul.com/
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Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
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Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Marketing Manager
Calliope
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-1915
www.calliopehouse.org
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Publish Date: 08-29-2014 21:32:00
 
For Immediate Release
Aug. 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE THREE SEPTEMBER NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS


PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit program is expanding to include three chamber music concerts at local churches in the North Side, East Liberty and Wilkinsburg in September.

The Music for the Spirit program explores the connection between music and spirituality during free Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, at both Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series and in rotating community venues. In September, the Music for the Spirit program adds three concerts featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass and which follow the Music for the Spirit concert format, melding music, poetry, readings and other spoken word pieces.

Monday Night Neighborhood Concerts will take place at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side on September 8, East Liberty Presbyterian Church on September 15 and Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg on September 22. Each Monday Night Neighborhood Concert will present the same program.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass includes Craig Knox, tuba; Murray Crewe, bass trombone; Neal Berntsen, trumpet; William Caballero, horn; Peter Sullivan, trombone; and George Vosburgh, trumpet.

All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhoodseries or 412-392-8991.

The annual Music for the Spirit concerts will take place on November 20 at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair and November 22 at Cardinal Wuerl High School in Cranberry. More details about these concerts will be released in the fall.

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